Rachael D. Wilson

Associate ( Chicago )

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Bio

Former Assistant State’s Attorney Rachael Wilson is an experienced litigator who focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes and civil rights litigation.

Clients value Rachael’s creative and strategic thinking, along with strong research, writing, and oral communication skills she developed over three years in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. While there, Rachael focused on civil rights cases, litigating a range of matters touching upon the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 1983, and First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Rachael worked cases from initial referral all the way through conclusion. She conducted and defended more than 50 depositions, managed over 58 cases, assisted on three trials, won 12 dispositive motions, settled numerous cases with and without assistance of the court, and assisted on two appeals. In 2022, Rachael successfully defended an appeal in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals after succeeding on the motion for summary judgment.

Experience

Clerkships

Judicial Extern, Hon. John A. Gibney, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division (2017)

Credentials

Education

Valparaiso University Law School, J.D., 2019, cum laude
Moot Court Society, Associate Justice of International Competitions and Judging
Top 15 Mid-West Regional Oralist, Jessup Competition (2017-2018)

Baylor University, B.A., Film and Digital Media, 2014
Omicron Delta Kappa
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

Bar Admissions

Illinois

Publications & Presentations

Alumni Spotlight, (author) ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (May 2022)
“John Paul Stevens: A True Gentleman of Justice,” (author) Seventh Circuit Rider (Fall 2019)
Multiple Articles, (author) Refocused Magazine (2015)

Community Service

iMentor Chicago 
Mentor (2020-present)

Loyola National Black Law Students Association’s Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition
Assistant Coach (2021 – present)

Minority Legal Educational Resources, Inc.
Board Member (2022 – present)
Lead Tutor (2021 – present)
Tutor (2020)